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Sunday, 24 May 2015 21:51 By Patrick Kagenda
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That outgoing UPC party president Olara Otunnu has an unusual approach to Ugandan politics is an open secret. Still, observers have said, his announcement on May 18 that the party was extending an olive branch to party stalwart Jimmy Akena and other contenders who had missed the deadline for picking nomination forms to contest the party presidency showed unusual maturity.  Many people had expected Otunnu to block Akena from contesting.  Akena, who is the Lira Municipality MP and son of the UPC founding president, the late former President of Uganda; Apollo Milton Obote, failed to pick nomination forms because he and others were  contesting Otunnu’s leadership in court.

Akena’s group which was led in court by his wife Betty Amongi, who is also the Oyam County South woman MP, and Fred Ebil  had challenged the Otunnu administration as being illegally in office since Otunnu`s tenure of office had expired on March 10. They said he was, therefore, unqualified to call for party presidency elections.  But the Civil Division of the High Court in Kampala on May 6 ruled that although Otunnu’s tenure had expired, he remains president of the party and is mandated to organise the election of his successor. The ruling left Akena’s hopes of taking over the reins of UPC in doubt.

Fortunately for Akena, Otunnu opted for reconciliation and not confrontation.  Akena, who attended the Otunnu briefing at Uganda House in Kampala, said he was happy with the outcome.

 
Sunday, 24 May 2015 21:20 By Agather Atuhaire
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FDC President Gen. Mugisha Muntu, (R) listens to the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Wafula Ogutu, during the Opposition party’s retreat on Electoral Reforms in Kampala on May 13. INDEPENDENT/JIMMY SIYAFDC’s Muntu responds to calls from DP, UPC for him to quit if he cannot offer direction

Barely eight months to the next general elections, President Yoweri Museveni opponents should be counting on the leader of the biggest opposition party, retired Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu, to provide leadership. But, according to some of them, he is not. And the frustration is showing.

The latest venting venue for them was a joint retreat for opposition MPs to plot a response to President Yoweri Museveni’s rejection of their electoral reforms ahead of the polls.   Opposition parties and activists jointly handed government last year over 40 proposed electoral reforms; dubbed  `The Uganda Citizens Compact on Free and Fair Elections’ (UCOFFE). But none of them was in the document on April 30 when the government tabled the long-awaited Constitutional amendment Bill to Parliament.

 
Sunday, 03 May 2015 22:49 By Flavia Nassaka
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EC says slashing budget, but Finance says funding available

On April 21, the Chairman of the Electoral Commission Badru Kiggundu together with the Commission’s Secretary Sam Rwakoojo appeared before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee to present their budget frame work paper for financial year 2015/16.

They need Shs272 billion shillings to organise the forth coming elections in 2016 but have been allocated only Shs202 billion; leaving a shortfall of Shs70 billion.

Rwakoojo told the committee that unless the gap is filled some activities; including tallying of results, which requires Shs1.4 billion, and delivery of election results that requires Shs401 million might be postponed.

 
Sunday, 26 April 2015 21:45 By Patrick Kagenda
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Dan Okello, the Lira Municipality UPC Chairman speaks at a press briefing as Okello Lucima UPC spokesperson (L) and Joseph Bossa UPC Vice president look on. INDEPENDENT/PATRICK KAGENGAAkena faces opposition from area UPC leaders

Hardly a fortnight after party President Olara Otunnu announced the UPC roadmap to 2016 that will see a new party president elected, jostling for position has intensified.

In Lango region, which is regarded as the cradle of UPC because its first party president; Milton Obote, hailed from there, his son Jimmy Akena is fighting for his political life. As part of his strategy, Akena who is the Lira Municipality MP, together with other MPs went on tour of the region which culminated with an announcement that he was the region’s chosen presidential candidate.

But the move appears not to have gone down well amongst other aspirants in the region and they have come out to oppose it.

 
Sunday, 19 April 2015 22:33 By Flavia Nassaka
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Samuel Walter Lubega, one time firebrand of the opposition Democratic Party youth wing; the Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) has declared his intention to contest the DP presidency. In the 2011 national elections he contested as an independent presidential candidate after falling out with the DP leadership of Norbert Mao. He spoke to The Independent’s Flavia Nassaka about his turns and twists.

In the run up to the 2011 general elections, you boycotted the Delegates’ Conference and also went ahead to compete with the flag bearer Norbert Mao. What exactly was behind this defiance?

Having been the chairman of DP Diaspora chapter, I came back to Uganda in 2009 with intentions to stand for presidency in 2011 but what I found in DP was very bad. There was a lot of scuffle and bickering. I had been in the UK and Ireland mobilising funds for the Delegates’ Conference in Namboole but back here, the then President Sebbana Kizito had decided to work as an individual. He ignored National Executive Committee (NEC) guidance and the executives were not sitting regularly something that was against the party constitution.

 

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